Leslie Ward (Calais, VT) is a 2016 graduate of the MFA in Writing program at VCFA and has spent the non-writing part of her life moving between the education and business worlds, most happily when the two happen to collide.

She started her career with the Boston Consulting Group and then spent several years running courses for Outward Bound. These early experiences led to an MBA from Harvard Business School followed by work in strategy consulting and business development in the public and private sectors. In addition to consulting, Leslie had the supreme pleasure of teaching pre-school while her three boys were young and occasionally home-schooling a son or two to give them a break from the structure of classroom life.

She has served on the boards of Woodbury College, Everybody Wins, the Orchard Valley Waldorf School, and the Community Engagement Lab. When not writing or otherwise engaged, you can find Leslie cross-country skiing or mountain biking with her husband, Nick, or in her kitchen contentedly cooking.